Orange Stalked Bulbine
Orange Stalked Bulbine
Bulbine frutescens 'Orange'Item #6918 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
A South African native with slender succulent foliage accented by tall flower stalks with small buds that have a unique green center stripe, revealing deep orange petals and frilly yellow stamens. This versatile dry climate gem adapts to humidity and harsh weather. Ideal rock garden plant or massed ground cover. Evergreen to 25 degrees F.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly forms clumps 1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide by rhizomes.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BUL-bin-ee froo-TESS-enzDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly forms clumps 1 to 2 ft. tall, spreading 3 to 4 ft. wide by rhizomes.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through Late SummerFlower color:OrangeCompanion PlantsSedum (Sedum); Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia); Aeonium (Aeonium); Aloe (Aloe); Red Yucca (Hesperaloe)
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained, compost-enriched soil. Spreads quickly by rhizomes. A short summer dormant period may occur in hot interior climates. Water regularly during first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove spent flowers to encourage fall re-bloom. Remove old, faded foliage as needed.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This Bulbine frutescens cultivar was reportedly selected by Crassula expert Gordon Rowley from seedling plants from seed collected by Harry Hall in Johannesburg, South Africa. Harry Hall (1906-1986), was a Kirstenbosch horticulturist in charge of succulent plants who discovered many South African plants. He is particularly noted for his exploration and discovery within the genus Euphorbia and his name is commemorated in the specific epithets of many succulent plant names. He was awarded a Fellow of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) in 1981.Lore:Bulbines contain glycoproteins, similar to many aloe species and are touted for similar healing properties as Aloe vera, such as to ease burns, rashes and itches.